Margot Parker, UKIP’s Women’s and Equality spokesperson has backed International Women’s Day which takes place this Wednesday.
The party’s East Midlands MEP, who also sits on the EU’s FEMM committee, which fights on women’s issues, said the global day for celebrating the social, economic, political and cultural achievements of women across the globe can be used to accelerate gender parity.
She said: “International Women’s Day is a day is to celebrate the achievements and steps we have made over the years.
“But it is also a day to remember that many women across the world are not equal and there is much work to be done- both at home and abroad, not least in countries were women are oppressed. Education is the key and should play a big part in helping to end that oppression.”
International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900's and is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity.
This year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange and Margot said that is exactly what we all should be – men and women - to bring about change and equality.
She said: “This day belongs to all of us – men and women - as we strive to bring about change. All of us who care about equal rights have a part to play.”
“I would urge people to visit the website and make their pledges and see which events are local to them so they can attend and get more involved.
“There is much work to be done on a whole host of issues – we all need to do out bit.”
For more information and how to get involved with the day, visit www.internationalwomensday.com